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May 28, 2015 | NPR · Mapfumo’s powerful political messages led the superstar to seek asylum in the U.S. Critic Banning Eyre has written a new biography of the singer and bandleader.
 

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · From a jazz-infused Spanish fandango to Afghan hip-hop and hot swing from London (by way of the Lower East Side), this month’s roundup is full of surprising juxtapositions.
 

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May 17, 2015 | NPR · Y La Bamba’s lead singer teams up with the head of the thrilling neo-mambo band Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta. The result is somehow even greater than the sum of its parts.
 

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May 17, 2015 | NPR · DJ Betto Arcos spins soulful songs from a prison in Malawi, dance music from Congo and more.
 

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May 15, 2015 | NPR · A major star of fado music in his native Portugal, Camané sings with a silky baritone — and the weight of the world’s sadness on his shoulders.
 

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May 7, 2015 | NPR · Though the 76-year-old Uruguayan violinist has played with many of the top jazz artists in the U.S. and Latin America, he’s not as well-known as he should be.
 

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April 30, 2015 | NPR · Hear fresh new sounds from Portugal, Finland and beyond, as well as a heartbreaking memento of a band playing recently in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, in Nepal.
 

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April 26, 2015 | NPR · Rana Santacruz’s latest, after a five-year hiatus, has music that could only come from a chilango — a Mexico City native — living in 21st-century Brooklyn.
 

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April 25, 2015 | NPR · An acoustic quartet from Kiev, Ukraine whose music encompasses rhythms and sounds from around the world, while remaining joyfully unique. Plus, they wear amazing hats.
 

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April 22, 2015 | NPR · Before the Khmer Rouge regime, a thriving pop and rock scene adapted Western music heard on U.S. military radio stations. The documentary Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten took 10 years to make.
 

 

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May 29, 2015 | NPR · Back from a Liberia trip, the patient developed Ebola-like symptoms. One hospital sent him home. A few days later he ended up in an Ebola isolation ward and died. What went wrong?
 

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May 29, 2015 | NPR · The Twitter campaign was born out of the controversy around the lack of diverse voices in the event’s panels. This year, one organizer says, the first panel they booked was with that campaign.
 

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May 29, 2015 | NPR · The Marines are conducting a yearlong experiment aimed at settling whether women can handle the punishing world of ground combat. The goal is to create gender-neutral physical standards.
 

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May 29, 2015 | NPR · Mackenzie Davis, lead actress in the AMC show, says she’s more interested in the story of an underdog woman than of a “damaged, white, middle-class male figuring out his dreams.”
 

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May 29, 2015 | NPR · The Twitter campaign was born out of the controversy around the lack of diverse voices in the event’s panels. This year, one organizer says, the first panel they booked was with that campaign.
 

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · Chinese writers and publishers are being celebrated this week at BookExpo America — the industry’s largest trade event in North America. Free speech advocates are supporting silenced Chinese writers.
 

Music

May 28, 2015 | NPR · With their new album, Monterey, The Milk Carton Kids are hoping to be a part of your summer driving songs.
 

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · Mapfumo’s powerful political messages led the superstar to seek asylum in the U.S. Critic Banning Eyre has written a new biography of the singer and bandleader.
 

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · From a jazz-infused Spanish fandango to Afghan hip-hop and hot swing from London (by way of the Lower East Side), this month’s roundup is full of surprising juxtapositions.
 

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